Ultralight Backpacker

If you want to reduce weight, compartmentalize your gear in every way, and simply go farther, the Ultralight Backpacker is for you.

Ultralight is no passing fad, it’s a way of life. A slimmed down life that allows you to move quickly, suffer less pain, and truly connect to the natural world without the distraction of all those “things.” You are one with the wilderness, and have a consistent obsession with gear, and the reduction of that gear.

You saw off the end of your spare toothbrush. You dream about objects that nest together. You can calculate ounces to pounds to grams faster than a calculator, and you have at least one spreadsheet that references the function, purpose, and weight (obviously) of your gear. Or, maybe you don’t have all this stuff in your head; you simply know that less weight on the trail means you can reach the tallest peak, the deepest lake, and get into the true heart of the wild.

Our Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for the Ultralight Backpacker take into account that while you may or may not be a gearhead, you know how to cut the obese chaff from the titanium wheat. So do we. While this inherently caters to long distance thru-hikers, the ultralight movement is not exclusionary. Beginners can be ultralight; old-schoolers can convert. There is no club and the only hazing is when, inevitably, someone asks about your tiny pack on the trail.

Contrary to common belief, ultralight doesn’t have to cost your firstborn. It can be enjoyed by anyone with basic wilderness skills. Our approach is a bit like a missionary: Convert those who are curious to the ultralight ways, thereby lightening the collective load.

Explore Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for Ultralight Backpacker below!

Ultralight Backpacker Outdoor Guides

How to Use Waterproofing Spray and Wash for Jackets, Tents, and Footwear

Raindrops keep falling on my head…but since I re-waterproofed my gear my eyes won’t be turning red! In short, modern waterproofing rocks. We’re able to march up mountains in gear that’s both waterproof and fairly breathable. What a time to be alive. Yet this waterproof-ability is a privilege, one that’s easily taken for granted. I’ve

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Best Down Jackets of 2019

The best down jackets will keep you cozy in the wilderness, on the couch, or at the bar. We have tested many, and list the best down jackets for you, here.

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The Best Rain Ponchos of 2019

Rain ponchos are the style-devoid’s preferred rain protection. Why? Cause they work. Here are the best Rain Ponchos of 2019, with tips and tricks from our staff.

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Best Fleece Jackets of 2019

We list the Best Fleece Jackets of 2019, and provide clear advice on why and when you should get the coziest layer around.

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Best Flip Flops of 2019

We highlight the best flip flops of 2019 after researching and testing. Get comfy in camp or around town. Find the perfect flip flop for you!

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The Best 4 Person Tents for Camping and Backpacking in 2019

We highlight the best 4 person tents for camping and backpacking after in-depth researching and testing. Get comfy in camp or on the trail.

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The Best Hiking Sandals of 2019

We highlight the best hiking sandals of 2019 after researching and testing. Open toe, closed toe, or finger-style? Find the perfect hiking sandal for you!

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The Best Hiking Boots of 2019

We highlight the best hiking boots of 2019 after researching and testing. Find the perfect lightweight, midweight, or heavyweight hiking boot for you!

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The Best Backpacking Water Filters and Purifiers 2018

Treat your water right. The Best Backpacking Water Filters and Purifiers goes deep on what type of filter you should buy, and why.

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The Best Backpacks for Backpacking and Hiking 2018

The Best Backpacks for Backpacking and Hiking is an current list of the best backpacks for the outdoors. We’ve tested, reviewed, and awarded this gear.

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